Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news The history of go-go music. The iPhone at the deathbed. She wanted a freebirth with no doctors. Grimault & Co’s asthma cigarette empire. The Tampax empire and the tampon wars. Black Mexico and the War of Independence. Everything you know about obesity is wrong…. Read more →

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The Spaces of Screening: Tracing the Spatial Geographies of Mobile Mammography from Carparks to the Cosmos

In 2019, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) launched a new cancer detection initiative. In this pilot program, the NHS harnessed “technology developed for space travel” to design a series of mobile cancer screening vans, which have been placed in Sainsbury’s and Morrisons supermarket parking lots across Great Britain (Figure 1). Designed by the UK space… Read more →

Where a Pregnancy Can Last for Years: The Remarkable Colonial Reports of Sleeping Pregnancies in the Maghreb

A couple patiently waits for a healthy child after a pregnancy that has lasted several years. A desperate widow claims her newborn is her husband’s child, years after his death. Fetuses are made to “fall asleep” in the womb and hibernate there for years until woken up again. In the French colonies of Tunisia, Morocco,… Read more →

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Darwin in love. A history of seduction. Is “snake oil” really from snakes? The long history of the hand-washing gender gap. Can “feminist design” save algorithms from bias? The 200-year-old diary that’s rewriting gay history. What happened to Playboy’s first black cover girl? The… Read more →

Love in the Ton: Georgette Heyer’s Legacy in Regency Romance World-Building

Georgette Heyer is widely considered to be the pioneer of the Regency romance. From 1921 to 1972, Heyer published thirty-seven romances set in the Georgian or Regency eras.1 But Heyer’s fiction never reflected the realities of life in Regency England. Although she was an avid researcher, particularly when a subject interested her, she nevertheless invented… Read more →

“Kiss Via Kerchief”: Influenza Warnings in 1918

Just over one hundred years ago, New York Health Commissioner Royal S. Copeland responded to the threat of “Spanish” influenza reaching the United States with the reassuring, if completely misguided, prediction that “there is nothing to be alarmed about so far as I can see.”1 Yet the part of Copeland’s warning that “went viral,” to… Read more →